Acting Principal Harp
Sarah Fuller has been performing the duties of principal harp with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2007. She is also the principal harpist of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. In a Baltimore Sun review of the Baltimore Symphony, classical music critic Tim Smith claimed that “…the refined harp playing by [Ms.] Fuller stood out” and he hailed her performance as an “impressive flash” in the orchestral texture.
Ms. Fuller began her studies on the harp at the age of eight at the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, PA. She then went on to study at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan with Joan Raeburn Holland for her high school career. Ms. Fuller holds a master’s degree in music from Indiana University and studied at the New England Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School for her bachelor’s degree. Her teachers have included Judy Loman of the Toronto Symphony, Anne Hobson Pilot of the Boston Symphony, Nancy Allen of the New York Philharmonic, Alice Chalifoux of the Cleveland Orchestra, and distinguished professor at Indiana University, Susann McDonald.
Outside of the orchestra, Ms. Fuller enjoys collaborating with other musicians in a chamber setting. She is a member of Trio Cloisonnè (along with the Baltimore Symphony’s Marcia Kämper, flute, and Karin Brown, viola) and has performed with them on series such as the Chamber Music by Candlelight in Baltimore, the Baltimore Symphony’s chamber music series in Frederick, MD and in the future, the Music in the Great Hall series in Baltimore and the University of Maryland’s concert series at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, MD. She is also a member of the Dolce Suono Ensemble, a chamber group based in Philadelphia led by renowned flutist Mimi Stillman and including members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition, she frequently performs with the notable Philadelphia contemporary ensemble, Network for New Music, and has recently been featured on a recording of the works of Bernard Rands with members of the group. In January, 2009, Ms. Fuller was the solo artist on an evening of harp music for the Delaware Symphony’s Champagne Chamber Music Series, which was broadcast on Philadelphia’s NPR station WHYY.
Ms. Fuller has recently been appointed the professor of Harp studies at the University of Maryland’s School of Music in College Park and maintains private teaching studios in both Philadelphia and Baltimore. She is a former faculty member of the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia was also the assistant director from 2006-2009 for the Saratoga Harp Colony, founded by the Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal harpist, Elizabeth Hainen. In the summers she is on the faculty of the National Orchestra Institute in College Park, MD.